By Heidi Trautmann
Zehra Şonya is a hard worker in the true
sense of the word, not because she is a sculptor and used to work stone with
hammer and chisel, but because she goes to the bottom of things, she follows
the devil to the gate of hell, as I would say.
This is the impression you get when you enter EMAA
Art Centre in Nicosia this December. It is her third solo exhibition in ten
years. Her work of these past ten years are compiled in the book written by
Zeynep Yasa-Yaman, her experiences during the past are well described and the
projects she has undertaken and participated in cooperation with EMAA members
(European Mediterranean Art Association founded in 2002), plus her own art
work. On the occasion of my interview with her in July 2006, which is contained
in my book “Art and Creativity in North Cyprus”. I learnt a lot about her philosophy of life
and work and her expectations.
Since she had returned from Turkey in 2001 after
graduation, she was deeply concerned about the things on political and social
levels, and as an artist and human being
and as Cypriot she made her harsh comments without considering her own safety,
putting a pointed finger into the wounds. Just as she does in her latest
exhibition, joining the worldwide campaign of protesting against cruelty
against women, in her case in Cyprus.
On a map she points out the sites of whore houses, the
sites of cases of assault, rape of women and young boys, and on the floor - by
year - boxes with court files, mentions in newspapers; the files become
obviously more frequent with the years, but perhaps because people speak more
openly about it.
That is her theme: bringing to the surface the value
of women behind the curtain of society and displaying the society sitting on cushions
and chairs full of nails and barbed wire. The woman, a torn, twisted and
stretched pantyhose hung up and nailed
to the strict frames of traditions. The body of women pierced by nails, bodies
without faces. (Those faces we see daily in the media or as a huge poster on
billboards, faces with bruises and cuts).
The book is bi-lingual and can be obtained at
Visiting times until December 30 are:
– Thursday; 10: 00-12: 00/18: 00 – 20: 00,
18: 00 – 20: 00 and Saturday; 10: 00-13: 00.
information: Özgün – (0 533 864 04 18 – firstname.lastname@example.org )